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Species that didn't make it into an observation

Common Violet
Slippery Elm
Bitternut Hickory
Path Rush
Chinese wisteria
Hosta species
Beefsteak plant Perilla Frutescens
tree of heaven
Princess Tree
Box Elder
Umbrella Magnolia
Osage Orange

Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 09:16 PM por bignonia bignonia | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Help Conserve Monarch Butterflies by Being Part of a Monitoring Network across North America

Join hundreds of volunteers in Canada, Mexico and the United States, from 27 July to 4 August, for the 2019 International Monarch Monitoring Blitz (the Blitz) and be part of this regional initiative to help conserve the monarch butterfly. By participating, you can help monarch experts gain more information to understand the distribution of the migratory monarch butterfly in North America.

“Observations from the public can help scientists gain valuable information that will support regional efforts to protect the monarch butterfly and its habitat all along its migratory flyways,” said André-Philippe Drapeau Picard, Mission Monarch coordinator at the Insectarium/Montréal Space for Life.

For one week, the Blitz invites people across North America to go out to gardens, parks and green areas and monitor milkweed plants for monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises and butterflies. This information will help researchers identify priority areas for monarch conservation actions. Data gathered during the Blitz will be uploaded to the Trinational Monarch Knowledge Network, where they will be accessible for anyone to consult and download.

To take part in the Blitz, go to Mission Monarch page if you are in Canada. If you are east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States, follow the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project link, and if you are west of the Rocky Mountains, use the link for the Western Monarch and Milkweed Mapper. In Mexico, you can go to Naturalista. Or, simply follow the Blitz on social media, using the hashtag #MonarchBlitz.

Monarch butterfly overwintering sites were first recorded by scientists in California over 200 years ago and in Mexico in 1975. Since then, the monarch has become an emblematic species for North America. After an alarming decrease in its populations over the last 20 years, the eastern monarch population overwintering in central Mexico showed a significant increase this past winter. However, the population is still well below historic levels, which inspires questions about what conservation efforts are needed to continue this positive trend.

Meanwhile, the western monarch overwintering population along coastal California hit an all-time low this winter, with less than 1% of the historic population size remaining. Public participation in community science in the West is more important than ever to help understand and reverse this population’s dramatic decline.

“The majestic monarch butterfly, a flagship North American pollinator and symbol of international cooperation, needs your help with its spectacular annual migration across the continent. Join us by contributing to the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz,” says Cora Lund Preston, Communications Specialist at the Monarch Joint Venture.

The Blitz is an initiative of the Trinational Monarch Conservation Science Partnership, created through the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). Through the Blitz, scientists from the Insectarium/Montréal Space for Life, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Monarch Joint Venture, Journey North, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and Mexico's Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas(Conanp) are asking the public to help them understand monarch and milkweed distribution throughout North America.

Media Contact - CEC
Sarah Julien
514 781 2781

Monarch Project Lead - CEC
Georgina O’Farrill

Blitz Coordinator - Insectarium/Montréal Space for Life
André-Philippe Drapeau Picard


Community science, also called citizen science and participatory science, is the process by which non-scientists contribute actively and voluntarily to research projects.
486 participants across Canada, Mexico, and the United States
1,323 observations
53,588 milkweed plants monitored
13,796 monarchs observed
6,905 eggs
4,900 caterpillars
470 chrysalises
1,521 butterflies

Monarch butterflies weigh less than a gram.
There are two recognized migratory routes in North America: Eastern and Western.
Migration covers 3,000-5,000 km (2,000 to 3,000 miles) that span over three countries.
The Eastern migratory population has declined by more than 80% in 20 years, while the Western population has declined by more than 90%.
Everyone can help the monarch by participating in community science, creating habitat and spreading the word.
The Blitz is an initiative of the Trinational Monarch Conservation Science Partnership, which includes the following organizations:

Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas
The National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) is an agency of the federal government of Mexico in charge of the administration of the protected natural areas. @GobiernoMX

US Fish and Wildlife Service
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is a leader in fish and wildlife conservation, known for its scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources. @USFWS

Insectarium/Montréal Space for Life
The Space for Life’s Insectarium is the largest museum in North America entirely dedicated to insects, immersing humans into the insect universe. @EspacePourLaVie

Monarch Joint Venture
The Monarch Joint Venture is a partnership of organizations working together to conserve the monarch migration for future generations. Journey North
Journey North is an international citizen science project of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum that engages citizen scientists in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. @journeynorth.org

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects the natural world by conserving invertebrates and their habitat. @xercessociety

Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 07:41 PM por smcknight smcknight | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Mid-Summer Update

Hi everyone! This past week has been busy at the Tobin Preserve! Last weekend the Kent Land Trust and I held a hike at the Tobin Preserve following the board meeting that morning. We opened the hike up to the public so that it could be apart of the Kent Land Trust’s summer exploration challenge. I also used this hike as a way to introduce myself and educate more people about what I have been up to this summer, especially iNaturalist. We were able to hike the Meadow Trail leading to the Stone Wall Trail. We had beautiful weather, some great conversations, and were able to meet some new people. Then this past Wednesday, we had a camp group from the Sharon Audubon come for a bird banding demonstration. The kids had a lot of fun learning about bird banding, having a chance to touch and/or release some of the birds caught that morning, and most importantly increase their knowledge about birds by performing identifications!

Lots of fun happening here at the Tobin Preserve! Be sure to stay on the lookout for our next event! For more information, email info@kentlandtrust.org :)

Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 07:39 PM por alexisfreudenberg alexisfreudenberg | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

Bioblitz this Saturday, July 20, noon to 3pm


It's our second one. We're working with the Point Molate Alliance to keep some really inappropriate luxury housing from being built along the shoreline at Point Molate. Afterwards we're going over to the Marina for swing dancing.

Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 07:09 PM por hydrocycler hydrocycler | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

Noteworthy finds in Lawrence County during the July 2019 expedition.

Odes by Day, Moths by Night: Wayne NF-Ironton Unit
A listing of the insect fauna within the Wayne National Forest - Ironton Unit, Lawrence County, OH.
Cumulative observations here ...

The effort included dragonfly surveys of Hanging Rock OHV, Lake Vesuvius, Timbre Ridge Lake, and Smith Hollow Lake from Sunday 7 July through Wed. 10 July. Several Ironton Unit wetlands in Gallia and Scioto Counties were visited (e.g. Cadmus , Sand Fork, Superior, Wolcott) but are not included in this review of Lawrence County.

UV Lights were set up at three different campsites No. 32 (Sun), No. 31 (Mon), and No. 9 (Tue). for mothing etc. Conditions were ideal Sun evening with heavy cloud cover, little wind, high heat and humidity.

Taxonomic Breakdown of Observations
Odonata: 24 species, 78 observations

Coleoptera: 18 species, 26 observations

Lepidoptera: 150 species, 318 observations (includes 6 species of butterfly, 7 obs.)

plus 17 other observations of invertebrates.


Noteworthy finds in Lawrence County during the July 2019 expedition.
According to the Ohio Dragonfly Survey, the following species of Odonata were added to the county list.

Comet Darner - Hanging Rock OHV park
Powdered Dancer - Lake Vesuvius (below the dam)


Swift Setwing (state rarity) was first located in the county at Lake Vesuvius in 2018. It was relocated there on this visit. An observation at Hanging Rock OHV park adds a new location for the species.


Rare moths:

... a southern species north.

the Black-marked Inga Moth, Inga sparsiciliella, is normally found south of the Mason-Dixon line save for the eastern seaboard where it ventures to central NJ. They have been observed as near to Ohio as the Daniel Boone forest near Booneville, KY*. This is roughly 95 miles to the sw.

*checked against Moth Photographers Group map here ...

Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 05:37 PM por vicfazio3 vicfazio3 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

Indonesia - iNaturalist World Tour

For the 24th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour we head to Indonesia. Indonesia is home to some of the best coral reefs in the world and this is reflected in the top observers - at least 4 of whom are avid divers and prolific underwater observers (e.g. @maractwin, @lovelyclemmy, @davidr, @timcameron). There are also top users based in Indonesia. @brunodurand splits his time between France and Bali. @jasonalexander is from Indonesia but is currently studying in Canada. @naufalurfi, a student at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, and perhaps the mysterious @franzanth are among the few top observers who appear to be based in Indonesia year round.

I suspect the 'spike-y' nature of the observations per month chart is a result of visits by super observers like @maractwin. But the number of observations per month has grown quite dramatically in Indonesia in recent months. It would be interesting to know whats driving this.

@maractwin is not only the top observer in Indonesia, but also the top identifier overall and the top fish identifier. That fish are the second most 'observose' category in Indonesia is a testament to the hard work of underwater observers and identifiers like @maractwin. The top identifiers in Indonesia for the most part seem to be a cross-section of super identifiers from around the world (e.g. @briangooding, @tom-kirschey-nabu, @zizou, @kemper, @charliev, @hsini_lin, @ongzi) with @naufalurfi brining local expertise for arachnids.

It looks like there's potential to make improvements needed to get more Indonesians involved and maybe the diving community. What can we do to help? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

@maractwin @lovelyclemmy @franzanth @brunodurand @davidr @naufalurfi @tom-kirschey-nabu @zizou @kemper @charliev

We’ll be back tomorrow with Belgium!

Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 04:50 PM por loarie loarie | 10 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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HOW-TO TIP: Bird Observations

iNaturalist is used to report an observation of a single individual of a single species, so it’s not the best option to document a birding excursion which records multiple individuals and species during a specific time period. However, if you observe a bird that isn’t on an eBird checklist (and have a photo or sound), please make an iNaturalist observation to report it. IMPORTANT! eBird users, please share your checklist with the username: CharliePainterBioblitz.
A list of birds in the BioBlitz area during July is available at http://www.arizonabirder.com/pdf/Arizona-Field-Checklist-July.pdf. Copies will be available at the event table. The list is helpful to track and tally the number of species you saw. If you do not use eBird, please turn your annotated lists in at the end of the event.

Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 03:12 PM por andybridges andybridges | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Scallop Survey results are in.

I haven't seen abundance survey results like this in forever!
Very encouraging considering all the issues in the bay as of late. Good to see the season and limit changes and other conservation measures paying off. I also can't help but wonder if the breach and subsequent influx of salt water from the hurricane helped. Let's hope this positive trend continues for a while!

Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 02:23 PM por rogerbirkhead rogerbirkhead | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Noteworthy finds in Lawrence County during the July 2019 expedition.

According to the Ohio Dragonfly Survey, the following species of Odonata were added to the county list.

Comet Darner - Hanging Rock OHV park
Powdered Dancer - Lake Vesuvius (below the dam)


Swift Setwing (state rarity) was first located in the county at Lake Vesuvius in 2018. It was relocated there on this visit. An observation at Hanging Rock OHV park adds a new location for the species.


Rare moths:

... a southern species north.

the Black-marked Inga Moth, Inga sparsiciliella, is normally found south of the Mason-Dixon line save for the eastern seaboard where it ventures to central NJ. They have been observed as near to Ohio as the Daniel Boone forest near Booneville, KY*. This is roughly 95 miles to the sw.

*checked against Moth Photographers Group map here ...

Local Interest

The Oyster-shelled Metrea, Cliniodes ostreonalis, was detected at Iron Ridge campground. The species is generally found through the UP of Michigan, Ontario, and the Adirondacks of upstate NY. However, a disjunct population is found along the Ohio River Valley from Louisville to Wheeling. Infrequently reported from the Ohio side.

Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 01:50 PM por vicfazio3 vicfazio3 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Here is an iNaturalist project that complements ours - consider adding any bumble bee observations during July 13-21 (2019) to this national blitz. You will need to record a few extra pieces of information, but it will help provide useful information on some of our favorite pollinators


Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 10:57 AM por rjm2 rjm2 | 1 comentários | Deixar um comentário


Possible Bobcat sighting in Ivoryton off Comstock ave. Looked like a whitetail deer was chasing it through the yard. 7/9/2019

Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 03:41 AM por lindaloha lindaloha | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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All Indian species of Euphorbia sect. Anisophyllum added

All 35 taxa known to occur in India have been added. The full list can be found here. Species on efloraofindia can be found here.

Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 02:47 AM por nathantaylor nathantaylor | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

You have to be present to win

Living in the moment, being mindful, seems a difficult exercise for me except when I'm outside; in the woods, the grasslands and prairies, on a trail or walking along a river. I am most present then. My mind is at ease and I am alert. During this time, I've noticed I'm most likely to observe and see things in my immediate surroundings that I think most people miss. For example, this afternoon I got out of my vehicle with the intent of talking a walk on a wooded trail. As I walked in the direction of the trail head, I walked on the sidewalk along a wooden fence that separated the sidewalk from a steep grassy bank of a water tank/water feature and notice a fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus) an a sneeze weed flower. Naturally, I turned around and walked along the opposite side of the fence to get a closer look. As I approached the the patch of sneeze weed, I realized that one skipper had just turned into about 25 that suddenly floated up from the yellow flowers. Every step I took after that flushed twenty or more skippers for about 50 feet in a 150 sq foot area that was covered with sneeze weed. I stopped counting at 150 skippers, several yellow-collared scape moths, one common checkered skipper, three pearl crescents, one green cloverworm moth and one swift setwing dragonfly.
At that moment of observation of all these skippers confined to one small patch of flowers, I felt as if I was the winner of something great. Immediately, I wondered how many people have walked by this very spot today and more than likely not noticed or if they did, simply took it for granted what they observed. I was grateful for the experience.

Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 02:42 AM por cherrielee cherrielee | 7 observações | 1 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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California pledges millions to battle enormous, destructive swamp rats.

A growing menace in the form of 15-pound swamp rodents is threatening Delta waterways, and the state is throwing money, hunting dogs and birth control at the invasive pests which have the potential to destroy crops and wetlands.


Publicado em 17 de julho de 2019, 12:45 AM por biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Walk #2 Critter Round-Up!

Our second TD Summer Reading Club nature walk found 22 species of birds, bugs and flowers! We have updated the Critter Counter in the Library with our new finds. Our new Critter Counter grand total is 36 species. We heard some birds on our walk, including House Sparrows, a Clay-colored Sparrow and a Red-eyed Vireo. We also saw some beautiful Pink Pyrola (also called Bog Wintergreen) flowers, Red Osier Dogwood, Philadelphia Fleabane, and what might be a Heartleaf Willow (with the big seed ball). We found more little blue Damselflies, too. We hope more friends can join us for our next nature walk on Friday, July 19 - we'll meet the Library and go down to Hannam Park. Hope to see you then!

Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 11:08 PM por ursus_arctos ursus_arctos | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Long live the 2019 Workshop!

Our Jepson Herbarium Weekend Workshop was over all too soon, but the memories and the observations live on.

It was a downright privilege to meet (or meet again) and spend the weekend with all of you in my most favorite botanical stomping ground and general hang-out.

Welcome to honorary workshop members @kueda, @sea-kangaroo, and @matsonburger, and to participant @odsmaker whose username I didn't have earlier. Let me know if I missed any other iNaturalist members among the group.

And keep those observations rolling in! They are a great way to review what we saw and learned (both separately and collectively), and to re-live a wonderful weekend. I expanded the project dates to include the weekends before and after the workshop, since I know some of you were in the area longer than just the workshop dates. Anything you observe by next Monday the 22nd will still be included. And I'll be catching up and adding a few of my own observations to the mix soon.

For an expanded tour of the Vascular Flora of the White Mountains, you can always start exploring with:

...or see everything here:

Happy Trails to each and all of you.

Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 11:03 PM por jdmore jdmore | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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this is a test

this is a test to see if people who are mentioned in journal posts receive notifications @yarnallj?

Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 09:26 PM por loarie loarie | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário


Brazil is considered to be a country of mega-diversity, about 200 million people and is the seventh in the world economy, is facing major challenges in biodiversity conservation, particularly of its flora. Thus, the study aimed to survey the endangered species of Gymnosperms and Angiosperms extinction with specimens deposited in the “Herbário da Amazônia Meridional” collection (HERBAM). The survey was conducted between May and November 2015, through the analysis of the 2.137 species database of herbarium specimens deposited in HERBAM, identified by taxonomic specialists, floristic and parataxonomia. Families are in accordance with the classification of Angiosperm Phylogeny Website and endangered species are as the "Livro Vermelho da Flora do Brasil", following the threat categories according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The research presents 46 families and 117 species of Angiosperms that were assessed during the preparation of the" Livro vermelho Vermelho da flora Flora do Brasil" with exsiccatae deposited in HERBAM, of these, 12 species belonging to 9 families are threatened with extinction The main families in species are Fabaceae, Meliaceae, Myristicaceae and Orchidaceae. Nine species are in category "Vulnerable - VU" and three species in the "In Danger - EN". Among the causes of threats stand out to habitat loss and extraction of plant resources. They are usually species of wide distribution. The vegetation types are diverse, is the riparian forest, upland forest and savanna. Mato Grosso State presented seven new occurrences of endangered species. The study showed the importance of HERBAM maintenance of endangered plants. The work showed the importance of HERBAM in the maintenance of exsicates of species threatened with extinction.

Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 08:23 PM por rickribeiro1 rickribeiro1 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

visita al giardino condiviso IsolaPepeVerde nel quartiere Isola di Milano durante la pausa pranzo

Avevo un appuntamento da DEAFAL, ONG che si occupa di agricoltura Organica e Rigenerativa, che ha sede nel quartiere Isola. Sono sceso a Porta Garibaldi e mi sono ritrovato alle 12.15 con un po' di fame e la voglia di verde dopo tutti sti sotterranei cittadini. Dietro l'angolo di questo pensiero un cancello aperto mi guida dentro http://isolapepeverde.org/
Mangio la mia frittatina contadina e poi vago un po' tra le foglie del pomodoro curioso di vedere quali bestioline riescano a trovare spazio in un orto cittadino.
Bhè non trovo le classiche coccinelle (ma neppure gli afidi), non trovo il mio adorato Macrolophus, non trovo Aphidoletes, sirfidi, crisope, ...
Però trovo il ragnetto rosso (Tetranychus urticae) che banchetta sulle foglie e il suo antogonista, il piccolissimo cocinnellide Stethorus.
E qualche altro ragnetto buono.
Sono contento: anche qui l'agroecologia si ricava uno spazio!!

Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 08:15 PM por bonushenricus bonushenricus | 4 observações | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

Argentina - iNaturalist World Tour

Argentina - iNaturalist Tour Mundial

Note: We have a special post today. Much of the following was written by Leonel Roget, aka @roget. We asked Leonel for a few notes on iNaturalist in Argentina and we got much more than we were expecting!

Nota: Hoy tenemos un post especial. Gran parte de lo siguiente fue escrito por Leonel Roget, alias @roget. Le pedimos a Leonel algunas notas sobre iNaturalist en Argentina y obtuvimos mucho más de lo que esperábamos.

Argentina is the 23rd stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. Despite being an immense country, Argentina is mostly unpopulated: it is the eight largest country in the world, with a surface area of 2.78 million km2 (or a million sq mi) but only 44 million inhabitants: population density is of 15 people per km2 of land area, while the world average is of 50 people.

One third of the population of Argentina lives in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, or Greater Buenos Aires (GBA). Because of this, it is no surprise that most of 50 top observers are centered there. 28k observations out of 80k in Argentina were made in the GBA. Even though the city of Buenos Aires has few natural areas, the biodiversity is outstanding. More than 300 species of birds have been observed there in recent times, and even being a metropolis you can find wild mammals and reptiles. The city receives influences from the well known Pampas, a grasslands ecosystem which has been destroyed almost entirely for agriculture, as well as species that comes down following the rivers from the north. Buenos Aires was built in the shore of the Río de la Plata, Spanish for Silver River, the world's broadest river. This in turn is formed by the confluence of two of the most important rivers of the country: Paraná and Uruguay.

After Buenos Aires, the most populated cities are Rosario, in the shore of the Paraná, in the Santa Fe Province, once a place of wetlands and grasslands but now also very damaged by the land conversion. Top users from here include @trekman, @elbeltrocco, @patriciaanamargaritafranchino and @leoleiva. Then follows Córdoba, in the namesake province. This is a hill-dominated area with some high pastures. Here top observers are @aacocucci and @jbar82. Then comes the province of Mendoza, a dry region in the Andes, home of @guille.

Argentina has many climates with several different landscapes. The most important is perhaps the province of Misiones, in the northeast, a jungle region. Misiones is home to one of the world's natural wonders, the Iguazú waterfalls. Half of the bird species for Argentina are found here, as well large mammals as the jaguar (Panthera onca) and other cats as the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), the largest land animal, the tapir (Tapirus terrestris) or even the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga trydactila), and also monkeys or coatis. There are also plenty of insects and is one of the best places to see butterflies. Is a common destination for tourists so many observations are expected to be found. Misiones is what is left of the Atlantic Forest, once the second most important forest of the continent after the Amazon, shared with Brazil and Paraguay. About 93% of the forest was lost, and of what is left, the most conserved region is found here.

The Patagonian coast around the Valdés Peninsula is a popular tourist destination and one of the world's best places to see whales. The southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) is impossible to miss in spring, but also a great place for seeing orcas (Orcinus orca), some species of dolphins, elephant seals (Mirounga leonina), sea lions (Otaria byronia) penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) and other shorebirds as cormorants and oystercatchers. In the land is possible to see rheas (Rhea pennata), guanacos (Lama guanicoe) and foxes and hairy armadillos.

Another amazing place is the Chaco region, shared with Paraguay and Bolivia. A dry region with forests, shrublands and savannas, it is now one of the 11 deforestation fronts in all the globe. Chaco is dominated by Schinopsis and Prosopis trees and also home to south american megafauna as the giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus). Interesting amphibians and reptiles are also found here.

The Iberá Wetlands, in the Corrientes province, is the best place for seeing wild animals. A huge marsh in a good conservation status. Many fish species are found there, but for the visitors is all about large animals. The marsh deer (Blastocerus dichotomus), the two species of caiman (Caiman latirostris and Caiman yacare), the yellow anaconda (Eunectes murinus), and lots of capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) are to be found here, as well endangered birds as the strange-tailed tyrant (Alectrurus risora) or the yellow cardinal (Gubernatrix cristata). If you are extremely lucky you can see the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus).

But the best thing of Argentina is that there is lots of nature everywhere!

Argentina es la parada número 23 en el iNaturalist Tour Mundial. A pesar de ser un país inmenso, Argentina está casi despoblada: es el octavo país más grande del mundo, con una superficie de 2,78 millones de km2 pero solo 44 millones de habitantes: la densidad de población es de 15 personas por km2 de superficie terrestre, mientras que el promedio mundial es de 50 personas.

Un tercio de la población de Argentina vive en el área metropolitana de Buenos Aires, o Gran Buenos Aires (GBA). Debido a esto, no es sorprendente que la mayoría de los 50 observadores principales estén centrados allí. 28k observaciones de 80k en Argentina fueron hechas en la GBA. Si bien la ciudad de Buenos Aires tiene pocas áreas naturales, la biodiversidad es sobresaliente. Más de 300 especies de aves se han observado allí en los últimos tiempos, e incluso siendo una metrópolis se pueden encontrar mamíferos salvajes y reptiles. La ciudad recibe influencias de la conocida Pampa, un ecosistema de pastizales que ha sido destruido casi en su totalidad por la agricultura, así como de especies que descienden siguiendo los ríos del norte. Buenos Aires se construyó en la orilla del Río de la Plata, en español para Silver River, el río más ancho del mundo. Esto a su vez está formado por la confluencia de dos de los ríos más importantes del país: Paraná y Uruguay.

Después de Buenos Aires, las ciudades más pobladas son Rosario, en la orilla del Paraná, en la provincia de Santa Fe, que alguna vez fue un lugar de humedales y pastizales, pero ahora también está muy dañada por la conversión de la tierra. Los principales usuarios de aquí incluyen @trekman, @elbeltrocco, @patriciaanamargaritafranchino y @leoleiva. Luego sigue Córdoba, en la provincia homónima. Esta es una zona dominada por colinas con algunos pastos altos. Aquí los mejores observadores son @aacocucci y @ jbar82. Luego viene la provincia de Mendoza, una región seca en los Andes, hogar de @guille.

Argentina tiene muchos climas con diferentes paisajes. La más importante es quizás la provincia de Misiones, en el noreste, una región selvática. Misiones es el hogar de una de las maravillas naturales del mundo, las cascadas de Iguazú. La mitad de las especies de aves de Argentina se encuentran aquí, así como mamíferos grandes como el jaguar (Panthera onca) y otros gatos como el ocelote (Leopardus pardalis), la tierra más grande animal, el tapir (Tapirus terrestris) o incluso el oso hormiguero gigante (Myrmecophaga trydactila), y también monos o pumas. También hay muchos insectos y es uno de los mejores lugares para ver mariposas. Es un destino común para los turistas, por lo que se espera encontrar muchas observaciones. Misiones es lo que queda del Bosque Atlántico, una vez el segundo bosque más importante del continente después del Amazonas, compartido con Brasil y Paraguay. Alrededor del 93% del bosque se perdió, y de lo que queda, la región más conservada se encuentra aquí.

La costa patagónica alrededor de la Península Valdés es un destino turístico popular y uno de los mejores lugares del mundo para ver ballenas. La ballena franca austral (Eubalaena australis) es imposible perderse en primavera, pero también es un gran lugar para ver orcas (Orcinus orca), algunas especies de delfines, elefantes marinos ( Mirounga leonina), leones marinos (Otaria byronia) pingüinos (Spheniscus magellanicus) y otras aves costeras como cormoranes y cazadores de ostras. En la tierra es posible ver rheas (Rhea pennata), guanacos (Lama guanicoe) y zorros y armadillos peludos.

Otro lugar sorprendente es la región del Chaco, compartida con Paraguay y Bolivia. Una región seca con bosques, matorrales y sabanas, ahora es uno de los 11 frentes de deforestación en todo el mundo. Chaco está dominado por los árboles Schinopsis y Prosopis y también alberga la megafauna sudamericana como el armadillo gigante (Priodontes maximus). Interesantes anfibios y reptiles también se encuentran aquí.

Los humedales de Iberá, en la provincia de Corrientes, es el mejor lugar para ver animales salvajes. Un gran pantano en buen estado de conservación. Muchas especies de peces se encuentran allí, pero para los visitantes se trata de animales grandes. El ciervo de los pantanos (Blastocerus dichotomus), las dos especies de caimanes (Caiman latirostris y Caiman yacare), la anaconda amarilla (Eunectes murinus), y una gran cantidad de capibaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) se encuentran aquí, así como las aves en peligro de extinción como el tirano de cola extraña (Alectrurus risora) el cardenal amarillo (Gubernatrix cristata). Si tienes mucha suerte, puedes ver al lobo de cría (Chrysocyon brachyurus).

¡Pero lo mejor de Argentina es que hay mucha naturaleza por todas partes!

There are many power users from iNaturalist who have been using the platform for years. These include @nicoolejnik @guille @gmalonso @ezequielvera @aacocucci @pipoca1730 and @roget. If you look at observations added prior to 2018, the top 10 observers included @chartuso and @carmelo_lopez as noteworthy visitors. @nicoolejnik holds the unique position of being both the top observer and identifier from Argentina!

iNaturalist has been experiencing an explosive growth since 2018, reaching a peak in April 2019 with the City Nature Challenge (CNC) described shortly. Much of this growth stems from the Birding Club community. @roget has also done a great deal of outreach this year to groups including COA Carancho, the birding club from the Palermo section of Buenos Aires. New iNaturalist participants from this group include @diegocarau who is now the #2 observer and @giramone who is now #5, and also @gonsaro, @mbernini, @mnomg, @annxeneize and @fernanda_alarcon. Carancho is the local name for the Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus), the most observed organism of Argentina. This bird is found in nearly all the country. Other power users who have been active in other COAs are @r-a-p or @ezequielvera.

This year, more than 12.000 observations were generated during the CNC. The mastermind behind this event is @anabela2, the GBIF Node Manager for Argentina, but also @ezequielvera and @giramone, both active members of the COA community.

COA stands for Club de Observadores de Aves, or Birding Club in Spanish. They are nodes of volunteers who originally gathered to participate in birding activities, but quickly evolved to other activities including environmental education. This is an initiative from Aves Argentinas, the oldest environmental NGO from South America and a local associate to Birdlife International, much like Audubon is in the US. Aves Argentinas claims there are more than 100 birding clubs active in all the provinces of Argentina, and such clubs remain the most important source of community observations. They undoubtedly have been key in the success of eBird in the region, and every year Argentina is one of the most important contributors to the Big Day. The coordinator of this program is @jjbonannod and he invited the COA to participate in the CNC, hence the incredible peak.

Hay muchos usuarios avanzados de iNaturalist que han estado usando la plataforma durante años. Estos incluyen @nicoolejnik @guille @gmalonso @ezequielvera @aacocucci @pipoca1730 y @roget. Si observa las observaciones agregadas antes de 2018, los 10 principales observadores incluyeron @chartuso y @carmelo_lopez como visitantes notables. @nicoolejnik mantiene la posición única de ser el mejor observador e identificador de Argentina.

iNaturalist ha experimentado un crecimiento explosivo desde 2018, alcanzando un punto máximo en abril de 2019 con Reto Naturaleza Urbana (RNU) descrito brevemente. Gran parte de este crecimiento proviene de la comunidad de Birding Club. @roget también ha realizado una gran cantidad de actividades de difusión este año para grupos como COA Carancho, el club de observación de aves de la sección de Palermo de Buenos Aires. Los nuevos participantes de iNaturalist de este grupo incluyen @diegocarau que ahora es el observador # 2 y @giramone que ahora es # 5, y también @gonsaro, @mbernini, @mnomg, @annxeneize y @fernanda_alarcon. Carancho es el nombre local de la Caracara crestada (Caracara plancus), el organismo más observado de la Argentina. Esta ave se encuentra en casi todo el país. Otros usuarios avanzados que han estado activos en otros COA son @r-a-p o @ezequielvera.

Este año se generaron más de 12.000 observaciones durante el RNU. El cerebro detrás de este evento es @ anabela2, el administrador de nodos de GBIF para Argentina, pero también @ezequielvera y @giramone, ambos miembros activos de la comunidad COA.

COA significa Club de Observadores de Aves, o Birding Club en español. Son nodos de voluntarios que originalmente se reunieron para participar en actividades de observación de aves, pero evolucionaron rápidamente a otras actividades, incluida la educación ambiental. Esta es una iniciativa de Aves Argentinas, la ONG ambiental más antigua de América del Sur y asociada local de Birdlife International, al igual que Audubon está en los Estados Unidos. Aves Argentinas afirma que hay más de 100 clubes de observación de aves activos en todas las provincias de Argentina, y estos clubes siguen siendo la fuente más importante de observaciones de la comunidad. Sin duda, han sido clave en el éxito de eBird en la región, y cada año, Argentina es uno de los contribuyentes más importantes para el Gran Día. El coordinador de este programa es @jjbonannod e invitó al COA a participar en el RNU, de ahí el increíble pico.

@nicoolejnik, the top identifier, has worked as a ranger, nature guide and currently at the national museum of natural history. Because of this he has plenty of observations and also a formidable knowledge and access to information to identify several species, something that he's been doing for years. @lrubio7, is the top insect and arachnid identifier. @santiagombv is an ecologist with CONICET and is the top plant identifier. @giramone hails from the fishing community and has a great deal of fish identification expertise. Thanks to other top identifiers including @michelledelaloye @trekman and @r-a-p.

@nicoolejnik, el principal identificador, ha trabajado como guardabosques, guía de la naturaleza y actualmente en el museo nacional de historia natural. Debido a esto, tiene muchas observaciones y también un conocimiento formidable y acceso a la información para identificar varias especies, algo que ha estado haciendo durante años. @lrubio7, es el principal identificador de insectos y arácnidos. @santiagombv es un ecologista con CONICET y es el principal identificador de la planta. @giramone es oriundo de la comunidad pesquera y tiene una gran experiencia en la identificación de peces. Gracias a otros identificadores principales que incluyen @michelledelaloye @trekman y @r-a-p.

What can we do to make iNaturalist even better in Argentina? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum post.

¿Qué podemos hacer para que iNaturalist sea aún mejor en Argentina? Por favor, comparte tus pensamientos aqui o en esta publicación del foro.

@nicoolejnik @diegocarau @roget @r-a-p @giramone @ezequielvera @guille @lrubio7 @michelledelaloye @trekman

We’ll be back tomorrow with Indonesia!

Volveremos mañana con Indonesia!

Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 06:55 PM por loarie loarie | 1 comentários | Deixar um comentário

Welcome to the 2019 BioBlitz Project Page!

There will be a few updates as the BioBlitz gets closer. For now, explore our locations this year by checking out their iNaturalist observations and organization websites.

Green-Wood Cemetery Observations
Gowanus Canal Conservancy Observations

Green-Wood Cemetery - LINK
Gowanus Canal Conservancy - LINK
Macaulay Honors College BioBlitz info for students - LINK

Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 06:44 PM por klodonnell klodonnell | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Coyote Kills Pet Dog in LA Home After Entering Through Dog Door.

According to the news station, the family believe that the coyote slipped through a 5-inch gap in the glass sliding door which they had locked in place to allow their dogs to come and go between the yard and the house.


Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 06:30 PM por biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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iNaturalist BioBlitz September 21st!

I-Naturalist BioBlitz for Families!

September 21 • Saturday • 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (All Ages)

Registration begins August 1

Bring the family out to search for the wild animals and plant life that call Powder Valley home. Learn how to use the free I-Naturalist app and your smart phone to identify and document plants, insects, birds, mammals, and more. Prizes will be awarded to families with the most species observed and the most overall observations.

Also explore nature discovery tables, create wild bookmarks to take home, and enjoy autumn with guided hikes along our nature trails. A detailed agenda will be available 1 week before the event. For more information, call Powder Valley at 314-301-1500

Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 05:45 PM por powdervalley powdervalley | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

Coyotes -- working on a little video with TPWD...

So, I'm working on a short Texas Parks and Wildlife video about coyotes, and I've tried to get some good video footage of coyotes with no success...

Anyways, would anyone be willing to share some coyote images/footage with me that I could use for this video? I'll definitely credit any images! I'll be sending a few messages to folks that have observed coyotes in TX:

Thanks! :)

Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 04:34 PM por sambiology sambiology | 11 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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The damsels occur around irrigation channels in Shihlin 生活在士林地區灌溉水圳的豆娘

In Shihlin (士林), there are some irrigation channels specially near hillside, and most of them are polluted by domestic wastewater to certain extent. Those channels are all aged, built with stones by old crafts, which provide some plants to grow on the channel bed and walls/banks. Therefore, it provides damselflies habitats.

士林地區仍有一些灌溉用的水圳,這些水圳大都已經很老舊,以舊工法,用土夯或是堆石塊建造,所以水圳的河床上及兩岸上、岸邊都長著草,也就提供了豆娘一個棲地。如果是現在造的,那麼就會拉 PVC 管,而不是開水圳了。

So far, I found the adults of these species living in such habitats.


Calopterygidae 珈蟌科
Matrona cyanoptera Hämäläinen & Yeh, 2000 白痣珈蟌

Euphaeidae 幽蟌科
Euphaea formosa Hagen, 1869 短腹幽蟌

Coenagrionidae 細蟌科
Ischnura senegalensis (Rambur, 1842) 青紋細蟌
Pseudagrion pilidorsum pilidorsum (Brauer, 1868) 弓背細蟌

Platycnemididae 琵蟌科
Copera marginipes (Rambur, 1842) 脛蹼琵蟌
Prodasineura croconota (Ris, 1916) 朱背琵蟌

Let me jot down my findings about these species in these irrigation channels.

1. Matrona cyanoptera Hämäläinen & Yeh, 2000 白痣珈蟌
Only occurs in wider channels with rather fast flowing water at the foot of mountains or on hillside. Dirt banks or rather rich plantation on channel banks, with a certain shad.


2. Euphaea formosa Hagen, 1869 短腹幽蟌
Faster flowing water near or on hillside. Don't require rich plantation on channel bed and banks, but there must be some nearby water.


3. Ischnura senegalensis (Rambur, 1842) 青紋細蟌
Slow flowing water, with plants on the banks, some shade is needed.


4. Pseudagrion pilidorsum pilidorsum (Brauer, 1868) 弓背細蟌
Both slow and fast flowing water, some plants on the banks, little demand for shade. Usually co-habit with Copera marginipes during winter, when Taipei is usually cloudy and rainy. But from April to Oct., C. marginipes can hardly be seen in those places with little shade.


5. Copera marginipes (Rambur, 1842) 脛蹼琵蟌
As mentioned at pointer 4, it demands more shade in habitats. Preferring slower flowing water.


6. Prodasineura croconota (Ris, 1916) 朱背琵蟌
So far, I only found it at 3 locations, it certainly demands more shade but it seems to occur in both slow and fast flowing water channel banks, and in gutter-like narrow channel as well as 3-meter wide one.


Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 02:48 PM por aru aru | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

Alum Rock Summer Bioblitz - June 16, 2019

Participated in the Alum Rock Park Summer 2019 Bioblitz.

Here is the project:

Rare species are here:

All my observations for the day:

Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 02:12 PM por truthseqr truthseqr | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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NCF annual meeting 2019

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon, and to comparing notes about iNat and biodiversity documentation!

Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 11:02 AM por suhelq suhelq | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

Annual meeting 2019

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Mysuru soon. And to compare notes on iNat and biodiversity documentation!

Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 11:01 AM por suhelq suhelq | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário
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Don't Forget to Shoot the Fruit

Thank you for contributing 607 observations in June from 103 observers!

Summer is here. Although some of our target species can still be seen flowering at high elevations, many have moved on to their fruiting phases. Fruit are also important to document as the next phenological phase of the flowering plant and an important food source for all kinds of birds, insects, and small mammals.

Keep a look out for budding and flowering Bluebead Lily (Clintonia borealis), Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense), and Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) at or near tree-line on high peaks. You may also see flowering Mountain Cranberry, Labrador Tea, Bog Bilberry, and Mountain Avens.


The other target species have moved on to fruiting, including Yellow Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum), Hobblebush (Viburnum lantanoides), and Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) pictured above. Bluebead Lily (Clintonia borealis), Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense), and Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) have started fruiting at low latitudes and elevations.

Thank you & don't forget to shoot the fruit!

Publicado em 16 de julho de 2019, 10:06 AM por annie_evankow annie_evankow | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário